Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Linguini Incident (1991) Review

Alex briefly talks about a forgotten film he knows next to nothing about, a film so obscure it can't even be called 'cult'.  Bon appetite!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Criterion Fieldtrip: And Other Unmentionables...

Joel and Alex venture to Barnes and Noble's Criterion sale once again. Will Alex find his precious Three Colors trilogy? Will Joel figure out the plot to Mulholland Drive? Will Disney respect art? Find out these and other unmentionables in today's thrilling adventure!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Top 4 Lost in Space Episodes

Alex reminisces about his personal favorite TV show, Lost in Space, and counts down his top 4 episodes. Happy 50th, L.I.S.!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Criterion Fieldtrip: Everything's Coming Up Videos!

Joel, Alex, and the Phils head to Barnes & Noble for some 50% off Criterion action and find themselves beset by indecisiveness, bad camerawork, and a very depressed Miles Davis. Narrated by Mark Cousins (or at least a very poor approximation thereof).

Check out Phil's animated short, Geno!
Check out Phil's artwork!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Cinemologists Radio Episode 3: The Criterion Collection (w/ Y2K!)

Today on Cinemologists Radio, Joel, Alex, and Y2K talk about the Criterion Collection! Topics include how we started collecting Criterions, animation in the Collection, and how to tell if someone loves or hates Yasujiro Ozu based on the way they pronounce his name.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Black Angel (1980)


35 years ago, The Empire Strikes Back was released in theaters, and that was kind of a big deal. However, there's more to the story than most people (particularly in America) realize. Upon its European release, the summer blockbuster was preceded by an interesting, Tarkovsky-inspired fantasy short directed by Star Wars crewman Roger Christian. This film, "Black Angel," is a fascinating piece of cinema, full to the brim with gorgeous visuals, a classic story, and an eerie supernatural atmosphere.

Featuring a hauntingly beautiful score by Trevor Jones (The Dark Crystal, The Last of the Mohicans) and some of the moodiest cinematography you'll ever see from Roger Pratt (Brazil, Batman), the film had a profound influence not only on Empire (particularly Luke's encounter with Darth Vader on Dagobah) but also on 1980s fantasy classics like Excalibur (John Boorman reportedly screened it multiple times for his crew). Now available online with an introduction by its director, "Black Angel" is finally getting the recognition it deserves, both as an interesting facet of Star Wars history and as an influential and unique fantasy film in its own right. Check it out!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Review

Joel and Alex team up to discuss and defend Robert Wise's seminal Star Trek film and its place in science fiction cinema history.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Raise the Titanic (1980) Review

In today's mini-review, Joel looks back at Raise the Titanic, one of the biggest box office bombs of all time. Does the film deserve its notorious reputation? How exactly does one raise a giant ocean liner from the sea floor? Can John Barry's music get any more incredible? Should Richard Jordan's beard have won an Oscar? Watch this review to find out!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cinemologists Radio Episode 2: Star Trek Movies (w/ Y2K!)

In this *very special* episode of everyone's favorite podcast, Joel, Alex, and special guest star Don Johnson (or somebody) discuss the Star Trek films. Topics include Leonard Nimoy's directorial skill, a defense for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, why space whales are great, and Dr. McCoy's brief time living in a hippie commune.

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cinemologists Radio Episode 1: What We've Been Watching

Get ready for a full half-hour of movie discussion and filler linguistics, because Cinemologists Radio has begun!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Cygnus Broadcasting Station: The Complete Series (2011-2013)


As we prepare to move into a new era of Cinemologists podcasting (the first episode of Cinemologists Radio is coming very soon), it seems like an appropriate time to look back at our very first attempt at a radio talk show... The Cygnus Broadcasting Station!

Named after the awe-inspiring spaceship from The Black Hole (1979), C.B.S., as we affectionately (and confusingly) referred to it, began on Alex's YouTube channel on September 23, 2011 and completed its 8-episode run on the Cinemologists' now defunct Blip.tv channel on January 7, 2013. On the show, we discussed just about everything under the cinematic sun we could think of. The audio quality was horrendous, the banter was frequently off-topic, and we seemed to be confused as to who the actual "host" of the show was, but we sure had a lot of fun doing it. We even had a celebrity guest star in one episode!

Listed below is the complete series in broadcast order for your convenience:

Monday, March 16, 2015

10 Upcoming Blu-Ray Releases We're Excited About


As we batten down the hatches for another year of sequels, remakes, and cash-ins (alongside some admittedly promising films), it's easy to get discouraged about new releases these days. However, for the old school movie fans out there, the home video market still has some tricks up its sleeve. Over the past weeks, quite a few exiting Blu-Ray releases of classic and cult movies have been announced, so we thought we'd count down some of our most anticipated titles...

It! The Terror From Beyond Space (Blu-ray)
10. It! The Terror from Beyond Space

Release Date: May 19
Distributor: Olive Films

Olive Films has released an impressive catalog of classics and oddities over the years, and their A/V presentations have been quite solid as well. With that in mind, their announcement about It! The Terror from Beyond Space makes me very happy. A claustrophobic and suspenseful sci-fi gem that inspired Alien and had a lasting effect on John Carpenter, It!'s gonna be awesome on Blu-Ray! (I'm almost not ashamed of that joke.)

9. Tentacles/Reptilicus

Release Date: June 16
Distributor: Shout Factory (Scream Factory label)

It warms my heart that companies like Shout Factory exist, companies who will think nothing of paring an Italian killer octopus movie with a Danish prehistoric monster flick in order to give both a proper, crystal-clear HD release. If I had to be honest though, I'm mostly excited for Tentacles. Between that fabulous Stelvio Cipriani soundtrack, Bo Hopkins dispatching a pair of trained killer whales to fight a giant octopus, and John Huston being John Huston, what's not to love?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ernie Kovacs in Television

In today's mini-review, Alex takes a look at the television work of the often overlooked comic genius Ernie Kovacs.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

VLOG: Jodorowsky, Miyazaki, and Poppy Toppy's

Today, we venture out for another movie field trip! Indecision, depressed space princesses, and fried chicken abound!